Brooke Sofferman: Modesty's Odyssey
The composer employs odd meters, polyrhythms and changing meters to express his intended message. The result is quite refreshing and full of tricky surprises. Abby Aronson’s crystal clear vocal phrases make a welcome addition to the ensemble as she interprets lyrics thoughtfully, scat sings with moody abandon, and inserts vocalese energy in tandem with Bergonzi’s tenor sax passion. Sofferman’s creative ideas, applied talent, and his ensemble’s free spirit have produced a winner.
Track Listing: Beef Ellington; Dry Season; Shaodare; I Hear Mousie; Autumn
Personnel: Brooke Sofferman- drums; Jerry Bergonzi- tenor saxophone, add soprano saxophone on "Almost There;" Norm Zocher- guitar; Thomson Kneeland- bass; Abby Aronson- vocals on "Dry Season," "Steak & Eggs" and "Autumn
Record Label: YOBO